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Old 02-26-2009, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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I am going to see an apartment tomorrow on Fairmount Ave and 19th. Is this a good area. My girlfriend and I are going to be the ones moving in, both 24, both lived in NYC but got sick of the high cost of living (I live in Brooklyn her in Queens). Basically just want to know if this is a cool fun area or should I be looking in Northern Liberties. Old City is a little much, we could swing it but would like a year to save and not stress. I am grew up outside Philly by the way, hung out there a bunch so I am not completely new to the city. Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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Fairmount and 19th is ok. I think it's at the border of the projects. The more west, the better. South is good too. But it's close to the subway if you need that. Fairmount/Art museum is a much nicer area than Northern Liberties to me, a more mature neighborhood, museums, kelly drive.

It really depends if you drive and where your work is.
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Old 02-27-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Thank you for the response. I saw the place today and thought the area was pretty nice. I talked to a few local residents and they said they have never had issues with safety which was reassuring. Going south things really started to get nice but more expensive. I am going to look a little bit more but for the price and the area it seems like a good deal.
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Old 02-27-2009, 03:44 PM
 
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it's a very nice area. you can also find some nice deals heading north and west up until girard ave.
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Yardley PA
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You're fine at 19th and Fairmount.. There are a lot of really great bars and restaurants down around there you could walk to. Right around the Eastern State area. 19th & Fairmount is a heck of a lot safer than Northern Liberties.. It's been "revitilized" for a lot longer and overall has a more safe feel to it in my opinion.
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Old 03-04-2009, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Philly
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You have been in NYC too long, you put the street going North/South before the East/West, so it's 19th and Fairmount.


It's a pretty decent area. Every now and then a car will be broken into, and yes you have more hood residents to the North, but they aren't bang bang shoot em up kinda hood.
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Yardley PA
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"bang bang shoot em up kinda hood" lol... i enjoyed that
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Just thought I would write a follow-up for anyone maybe searching a similar topic down the road. I am all moved in to my place on 19th and Fairmount and loving it. Its a great area with tons of cool bars and restaurants around and a short walk to center city.

My girlfriend and I are both very happy here. We actually prefer it here than when we lived in NYC (cheaper cost of living, nice people without the crazy price and always having to "take the train" places).

I hope this is helpful to someone.
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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Hey Aleatoric,

I'm going to Temple Law School next year, and the fairmount area is one of the places I'm thinking about living in Philadelphia. Since I will not have car, public transportation is important for me. Is it safe for me to walk from a location like yours at 19th and fairmount to the fairmount stop on the broad street line? I always hear people say "fairmount is great but don't go too far north or too far east." I guess I'm just wondering if the relatively short walk from somewhere like your location to the broad street line would be getting too close to any of those areas that are to be avoided.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Philly
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dawkinism,

Philly, like any large city, will always have a crime risk- so you have to always be aware and to not look like you are a victim. To walk from 19th and Fairmount to Broad isn't a bad trek. Of course, the later in the evening, there's a chance that something could happen, but if you are talking about normal waking hours, then you should be fine.
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